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“Sometimes I Just Want To Copy Someone Else’s Status, Word For Word, And See If They Notice” is a copypasta that virally spread through Twitter and Facebook in late August 2010. The humorous, self-referential text inspired over 1,500 replicate instances of the identical sentence in less than 12 hours. Due to its self-referential nature (i.e., a tweet on the subject of tweeting), it can be seen as an example of meta-discussion.
The earliest known instance of the copypasta tweet was posted by Twitter user JBtoColorado on August 18th, 2010:
sometimes I want to just copy someone else’s tweet word for word just to see if they would notice…
Four days later on August 24th, Twitter user DazWolf retweeted the message but it largely went unnoticed. On August 26th, Twitter user Tim Waters (@tim_waters) from Leeds, UK retweeted the same message at 10:42 a.m. (EST). Water’s tweet brought the copypasta into spotlight in the United Kingdom and the trend continued to spread through Facebook status updates.
At 10:52 a.m. (EST), @elspethjane of New York City tweeted the message to her 3,100 followers, quickly picking up coverage from several internet culture blogs like Huffington Post, Urlesque and TechCrunch among others. The meme was also cited as an example in the article “What Defines a Meme?” published in May 2011 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.
Huffington Post – Sometimes I Just Want to Copy Someone Else’s Status
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